Gyps – Griffon vultures

The janitors of the savannahs, feed on carcasses and corpses

A group of vulture species known as ‘Old World vultures’ are included in this genus. They have slim heads with long slender necks – coloration varies from species to species. The feathery coat around their bodies adds more to their quirky character. The nostrils are on both sides of the compressed beak, unusually large and dark.

You might be surprised that they don’t mind sharing a meal but only if there is enough for everybody. The reproductive rate in vultures is relatively lower as compared to other birds. Therefore, a significant die-off could be catastrophic for these birds.